Viettel launches 5G commercial trial in Vietnam

Viettel Group announced the launching of 5G commercial trial in Vietnam to provide 5G services to customers after a period of technical tests.
Viettel 5G in VietnamCustomers using 5G-enabled cell phones in the downtown of Hoan Kiem District, Ba Dinh District and Hai Ba Trung District can enjoy 5G service without SIM card upgrade.

Viettel will provide unlimited 5G data free of charge during the trial period, enabling smartphone users to experience the advantages of the fifth generation of mobile technologies in term of speed and connectivity.

Viettel’s 5G base transceiver stations use Non-Standalone Access (NSA), technology currently used by the world’s leading 5G carriers such as SK Telecom, KT (South Korea), Verizon (the U.S.) and Vodafone (the U.K). Besides improving the coverage, this technology increases capacity and reduces interferences. The improved bandwidth helps to increase 5G speed by tens of times while reducing the latency by 10 times compared to 4G.

All of Viettel’s 5G antennas are 64T64R type (64 transmitters and 64 receivers) that double both radius of coverage and capacity compared to 4T4R antennas (4 transmitters and 4 receivers) commonly used in Vietnam.

Initial tests show that Viettel’s 5G speed reaches 1.2 – 1.5 Gbps – the highest in Vietnam. Users using Viettel’s 5G services can download a 90-minute HD movie in 30 seconds (tens of times faster than 4G services), watch live football, or play online games with lag-free experiences.

After Hanoi, Viettel will to expand the 5G network for early 5G commercial test in Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh.

(from left to right) Le Dang Dung – CEO of Viettel Group; Phan Tam – deputy minister – Ministry of Information and Communications; Nguyen Thanh Liem – director of Hanoi Department of Information and Communications.